IN A bid to address the growing demand for skilled construction equipment operators in Zambia’s construction and mining industries, a joint exercise has been launched.
This follows the joining forces of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Japan, the Government of Zambia, and Hitachi Construction Machinery Company to address the growing demand.
UNIDO Representative, Khaled El Mekwad, stated, “UNIDO is pleased to facilitate the interests of public and private sector stakeholders to strengthen the quality and relevance of vocational training and support Zambia’s inclusive and sustainable industrial development within the framework of UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership which is fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework in Zambia and the country’s Seventh National Development Plan.”
Hitachi Construction Machinery Zambia president Hideki Hattori, said, “Hitachi Zambia is very pleased to be part of this programme in partnership with UNIDO, together with the governments of Zambia and Japan.
“This will enable us to further contribute to the Zambian society as part of our CSR and skills development agenda and vision.”
And Ambassador of Japan to Zambia Ryuta Mizuuchi said, “With this exchange of notes, we are launching a unique project providing the Zambian youth with opportunities of vocational training, with the participation of Hitachi Construction Machinery Zambia and UNIDO.
“This project will certainly support the new Zambian Government under President Hichilema in human resources development as he attempts to empower more young Zambians for the purpose of sustainable development.”
Meanwhile, Zambia’s Minister of Technology and Science, Felix Mutati, said, “Our focus on this programme will be to bridge that skills gap, but focusing on shifting the curriculum, the learning, orienting it to practical skills that address the challenges that we are facing in the mining and construction industries, focusing on lifting up the vulnerable people, the young women, so that they participate in the job market.”